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A Double Threat to an American Icon

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Developers in Arizona have proposed two very bad ideas that could irreversibly impact the Grand Canyon. NPCA takes these two threats very seriously, but it’s too soon for public action—yet. Here’s why.

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10 Wilderness Areas to Explore

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by exploring some of America’s wildest places, from remote, windswept tundras to cactus-dotted mountains to serene rock-strewn beaches. Several spots are surprisingly close to major cities.

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The Elwha River, Undammed at Last

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In late August, engineers removed the final 30 feet of the Glines Canyon Dam in Olympic National Park, restoring the Elwha as a wild and free-flowing river. Since dam removal began in 2011, researchers have recorded salmon making a significant comeback.

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Creating America's 402nd National Park

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Could Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood become America’s 402nd national park site? Show your support and find out how you can help make history.

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PARK ADVOCATE BLOG: LATEST NEWS

Plan a Desert Getaway to Canyonlands National Park

The grand view from Grand View Point in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.This story is part of a new bimonthly Desert Getaway series with tips for visiting sunny southwestern national parks. Utah’s national parks offer very different experiences, but all of them feature distinctive and amazing geological formations, whether you are looking down into a deep canyon, peering  through an otherworldly arch, or scratching your head at formations like […]

Trivia Challenge: A Galaxy Not So Far Away After All

A national park worthy of Jedi and droids.Q: Many of us head to a park when we’re looking to get away from it all, but did you know that two national parks in California literally portrayed a galaxy far, far away in one of the most famous movie series of all time? Can you name these two sites where director George Lucas filmed […]

Exploring South Park, Colorado

Some of the bristlecone pines on Windy Ridge above the tiny town of Alma, Colorado, are well over 1,500 years old. Alma is the highest incorporated town in North America.This story is the last installment in NPCA’s series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See the rest of the stories in this series. The South Park National Heritage Area lies squarely in the center of Colorado and remains largely unchanged from the time prehistoric men and […]

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